Stories tagged “aliens”

  • Officer Jones is on the Case

    Officer Jones took a deep breath before leaving the patrol car. In her limited time with the Police Department, she had made mistakes. She could not understand the laughter of the other officers, the anger of superiors, or the presumption that she woul...

  • First Contact

    Mankind’s first contact with aliens was not a ceremonious affair. There were no fanfares, no parades, no celebrations. On the other hand, there were also no ominous ships in the sky or aliens with very dated-looking Ray Guns vaporizing humans wit...

    • Author: Ben Paddon
    • Posted about 10 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • People are Strange

    Ed was driving Jim to work, as usual. Well, not driving at the moment, they were sitting in traffic— for the third time this week, and it was only Wednesday. “You know, Jim, if you were to set your alarm for fifteen minutes earlier, we migh...

  • The Eyes

    They’re everywhere. They say they’re peaceful, and that they haven’t started moving about in the public, but they’re lying. Look at the eyes, it’s all right there. That’s how I knew it was safe to talk to you. Look at him, for instance. Wai...

    • Author: Ryber
    • Posted about 10 years ago.
    • 4 out of 5
  • Me and Willie Tee

    The first time Willie Tee tried to kill me I was sitting on a bus-stop bench right outside the Scottsdale mall, eating a Billy Club sandwich and washing it down with an orange-flavored Super Slurp. I watched the mortals walk in haphazard patterns acros...

    • Author: NinjaChicken
    • Posted about 10 years ago.
    • 4 out of 5
  • And the president goes to the Asylum

    The following morning, after his coffee and strawberry tartines, the president decided that he was going to try to call the aliens back. He *69 ’d the last caller and found that the call had originated from New Jersey, USA. Strange, thought the p...

  • Supreme Ruler

    “Monsieur President, you have a phone call,” an attendant announced. The President of France sat in a white, curved-plastic chair in a totally white room, watching a white television. He wore a sterile, white jumpsuit. He couldn’t tel...

  • Faint

    The dozen men crawled into the dark, empty frame of the collapsed metal humanoid structure they called the Titan Odys. Their voices echoed “Odie?” into the vacant abyss of steel & tech. They expected an answer from the AI, but none came...

  • Your Destination Has Not Yet Arrived

    “Ladies and gentlemen, this is your captain speaking. I’m happy to report most of the turbulence seems to be behind us, and we’re back at a cruising altitude now. The rest of your flight looks like it should be fairly smooth. “U...

    • Author: wordwill
    • Posted about 10 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Blades

    The young man stumbled into the subterranean city. A dwarf tending his clothing shop, Bogumir’s, eyed the young man, thinking he must be drunk, looking as dazed as he was. But why were his clothes torn? Bogumir ambled toward the young man, steady...

  • Upon the Throne

    Enrik sat on the toilet, pushed up his thick-framed glasses and thought. After he was done thinking, he reached for the toilet paper. “Enrik-” it said. He unrolled it further. “Enrik – We are from another planet. We have come to...

  • Agency 51-X

    It was the most impressive undertaking the government had ever been part of. In 1997 President Clinton set up an agency with a cool-sounding name to monitor alien traffic going to and from the planet, because he’d just seen “Men In Black...

  • Carbon Monoxide All Around!

    “So now that we have discovered Earth and its glaborious wonderworkings, how shall we greet them, O Most Sugary Overlord?” Zamboblion hummed. “I would think a Celebratory Mercury Shower to be most appropriate.” “Computing,...

    • Author: Stovohobo
    • Posted about 10 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Take Nothing For Granite

    “Are you sure you detected life?” the doctor quipped at the science officer. “There’s nothing here but rocks!” It was true. In all directions there were rocks; some more properly called pebbles, others perhaps boulders, an...

    • Author: April Raines
    • Posted about 10 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Space pocket

    For one terrifying fraction of a second, just long enough to register in my brain, I found myself surrounded by sky, staring at the outside skin of the aircraft. Then, just as rapidly, everything snapped back to normal. Holding my breath, I glanced ner...

    • Author: Phil Plait
    • Posted about 10 years ago.
    • 4 out of 5
  • You want General-Tso's Tofu?

    “No, I do not want Chicken Fried Rice! Is my – No, no! I am not placing an order! I’m trying to connect to my mother!” You would think that while on the AirPhone with my mother, through a geographic dislocation, I would get disc...

  • Alone in the Deep

    It had been alone for so long. Nobody and nothing else around for interaction. For amusement, It would track comets and asteroids, calculate trajectories, then apply the least amount of forces for a cascade of effects. Eventually, It grew bored of even...

  • Alone No Longer

    “Arthur, you’ve made an amazing discovery, and deserve recognition, but you can’t be serious.” “You don’t understand. This isn’t for me, this is for everybody. I have to spread the word of the Crystal.” “So, you are going to create a ...

  • The Starship

    I was sleeping when the alien ship finally opened. It was early morning when the call came, ringing loudly through the shabby motel room. A fellow reporter, filling me in. Her voice was shaky on the line, understandably so. I asked her to repeat the la...

  • Yesterday is Coming Fast

    After Chase de-boarded and claimed his luggage—it was, remarkably, all there—he decided to take one of the waiting lounges up on its name. Since Tokyo was his final destination, he had some time to kill. Deciding against a cold, overpriced ...

    • Author: jesteram
    • Posted about 10 years ago.
  • Thesis

    Homophaga Agricola: A flightless quadruped of the class Aves. While its role in our ecosystem is vital, it is little understood. Scela paused to wet the nib of her pen. Birdsong vibrated distantly on the morning breeze – threshers. She ruthlessly...

    • Author: lostsalient
    • Posted almost 10 years ago.
    • 4 out of 5
  • All in the Timing

    She wasn’t sure she’d be able to finish her research. Or even start it. Youth tended to congregate in fields shortly—sometimes mere minutes—before each harvest, and as she didn’t want to end up a subject of her own study, ...

    • Author: jesteram
    • Posted almost 10 years ago.
    • 4 out of 5
  • First Contact

    The world gasped as the alien spacecraft opened, and the entire planet got its first glimpse at an alien species. It covered itself in slivers of protein, walked on two fleshy tendrils, and breathed a highly corrosive gas. He seemed to manipulate a mac...

    • Author: Tristan
    • Posted almost 10 years ago.
    • 4 out of 5
  • No sound in space

    There’s no sound in space. No one can hear you scream, as the saying goes. No one can hear you talk either. Not when you turn your radio off. It gets lonely in the belt. No one wants to talk out there. Just focus on your work. Set up the beam dri...

  • Four o' clock post meridiem

    Like so many other days, it starts off the same. The sun comes up, the wind blows, the clouds soar overhead. But extraordinary days are only ordinary for so long. This day is only ordinary until something unlike any other appears in the sky. What to ca...

    • Author: Orky
    • Posted almost 10 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5